At Winding Road Racing we’re often asked by folks to recommend an inexpensive, comfortable, and forced air-ready helmet. These customers often have fresh air systems in their enduro cars, or they do a lot of off-road racing, or just want forced air capability as an option for future upgrades.
For all kinds of motorsport, even something as simple as autocross, a helmet is a necessary part of a driver’s gear. There are a lot of options out there, and trying to choose the right helmet can be tricky, especially with the cost involved. There are many factors to keep in mind when making the purchase, including but not limited to budget, brand, safety certification, fit, shelf life, and, of course, what sort of racing you’ll be using it for.
We find that the sweet spot for a well-made, comfortable, entry-level racing helmet is right around $400-$450. The Bell Racing Sport and Sport EV are right there and have a lot to offer for their prices.
When buying replacement shields for your helmet, it’s important to know what characteristics of a shield are applicable for the type of racing you’ll be using it in. Without proper visibility, your performance on the track will undoubtedly be compromised. As a supplement to the information found in the helmet buyer’s guide, we’re going to dig a little deeper into visor shields. You have a number of different considerations to make when buying shields, so we’ll be taking a look at what those different options are and how those choices will affect the performance and safety of your helmet.